Feb 20, 2009

BC87 - Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep

Wow this weeks Bloggers Challenge was just that for me.  This week was an Inspiration Challenge and I was almost certain we'd done this challenge before but found out later it was similiar but not the same.  You can see the previous challenge photo here: and wouldn't you know it I had the same problem with that photo that I had with this one.    For some reason these colors and patterns just weren't sparking my creativity that well.  I purposely went to the LSS yesterday to see if I could find some paper with a Damask type pattern on it.  I figured that since I had already used the Textile Embossing folder on my last card I didn't want to repeat it again on this card.  I found a pattern that I liked and decided to try and build my card from there.  When I started             working on my card this morning I couldn't find any card stock in my stash that had the right color to match the pattern paper that I'd picked out.  I was starting to get really discouraged until I went into my files to look for a sketch/card that I liked to draw inspiration from.  That's when I hit upon this card by the "Uber" talented Julie Ebersole - The layout was so neat and since I had recently purchased the same Nestabilities Dies I figured I'd have a chance to showcase them by using this layout.  Since I was having problems with the color scheme I thought that a White Background would work and the inspiration photo does have some white in it (headboard, lamp) and that's how I happened on the inspiration for my card.
While I was at the LSS I happened to see a stamp set by Inkadinkado (Flourishes) that I thought was so pretty that it just found it's way into my shopping bag and I knew that it was going to work for my card once I figured out how to work in the color scheme that I wanted.
First off I need to add some color to my pattern paper as the background was originally white but I brayed Pretty in Pink over it for a two-toned effect.  Next I sponged Pretty in Pink ink on my Die and then stamped the Flower Flourish with Cranberry Crisp ink.  I added some half pearls from the Pretties kit (I seldom dig into that).  Then I stamped the large Flourish on a piece of Pretty in Pink ca with the Cranberry Crisp ink and distressed the edges as well then layered to Whisper White cs.  My card base is Stampers Select from Papertrey Ink. Then I added a bird from the stamp set stamped in Cranberry Crisp ink and raised it up using foam mounting tape.  Lastly I stamped my sentiment (SU) in Cranberry Crisp ink pierced under it to highlight and layered to the back side of the patterned paper.  All images raised with foam mounting tape. 
And that is how I was inspired by a Bedding Ensemble of all things. - Be sure to check out the other members blogs (click on the Bloggers Icon on my sidebar) to see how they were inspired.

27 comments:

Marcia P said...

Gorgeous Ida, for someone who was struggling your card is amazing. You rocked it this week!

:) Marcia

Oma said...

Beautiful card Ida! I really like this colour combo!

Lisa Bohler said...

Very lovely! You definitely broke through that inspiration block with this gorgeous card!

Chrissy D said...

This is stunning, Ida - I love your choice of stamps and DP - great take on the inspiration!

Pat Huntoon said...

Ida, that is gorgeous! You may say that inspiration came slow but your example is sure an inspiration to the rest of us : )

Lisa said...

You did great! I wasn't all that inspired either...great job!

Lisa Somerville said...

Doesn't look like you were challenged at all Ida, I think your finished card is quite lovely!

Nikki Bond said...

Beautiful! Love the elements you added and the clean design...gorgeous! {SMILES}

Kerry D-C said...

Wow! This came out beautiful Ida!!

Connie said...

Very pretty...great job with the challenge!

Basement Stamper said...

Very pretty card Ida, love the monochromatic color you went with through out the card!

Tangii Crain said...

Girlie, you have out done yourself! What a great card! I love the shapes of your focal points (not traditional squares or circles, etc.), I LOVE, LOVE the pearls. The structure and layout are just perfect! Awesome job!

Barbara said...

You found this Challenge difficult?!! It sure does NOT show! You've created a real beauty!!

Elena said...

Your inspiration is beautiful, Ida!
I love how you added color to your DP! That is a great idea!!!

Connie Paxman said...

Love the stamps, papaer, inks colors, everything about your card..
So nice to see different work.
connie paxman

Kimberly Gajewski said...

This is gorgeous Ida! I love how the whole thing came together! Beautifully done! :D

Rachel Hope said...

Very pretty...great colors

Robin Merriman said...

This is beautiful, Ida! Probably one of my favorites of yours. Great job!

Kristen said...

Gorgeous card. Love your take on the challenge!

Sheryl Dickinson said...

Pretty, Ida. The DP is perfect and I love the layout!

Lori said...

Fabulous, Ida! I had a hard time with this one, too . . .

Patti Chesky said...

This is gorgeous Ida! The patterned paper you used is stunning!

StampingSelene said...

This is stunning. I love what you've done with this. :)

Allison said...

Gorgeous...so much drama! Loving the pearls!

Velta said...

Beautiful!!! I cannot believe how close you came to capturing that bedspread...close, heck...it looks like you took it and put it on the card...love the embellies too ::)

JediSergei said...

Thyis card is Amazing!!!! love how you used all the enbelishments!
The paper looks great together!!

MJ said...

Oh, don't look like you had a hard time. Looks wonderful. Love it.